GARY, IN – Community Ambassadors for Sojourner Truth House (STH) seeks partners for the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish initiative, which collects food and essential personal items to supplement the services offered by STH’s pantry, Lake County’s largest.

The program was conceived by Sharon Kenning, Community Ambassador for STH and dedicated volunteer. With a deep commitment to supporting those in need, Kenning recognized the importance of addressing not only food insecurity but also the lack of access to basic personal care items among individuals and families facing difficult circumstances.

“5 Loaves and 2 Fish was started to ensure that additional food items are coming into the STH pantry on a weekly basis,” said Kenning. “People are not at their best when they are worried about feeding their children or where their next meal will come from. Better food means better health and a better community.”

Kristy Olsen, STH’s community resource supervisor who oversees the food pantry, shared her excitement about expanding the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Pantry Drive to more community partners.

 “What began as a food-focused initiative has now grown into a comprehensive effort to provide holistic support to those facing difficult circumstances,” Olsen said.

The 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Pantry Drive invites individuals, organizations, churches, schools, and community groups to participate by organizing donation efforts within their respective communities. Participants are encouraged to collect shelf-stable food like canned tuna, pasta, peanut butter, rice, and personal items such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products.

The Sojourner Truth House pantry is open to Lake County residents with proof of residency. Residents can receive food and personal items once every 30 days. The pantry operates as a drive up or walk-up pantry. Distribution takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 1 p.m.  to 2 p.m.

For more information about 5 Loaves and 2 Fish and how to schedule your drive, please visit or contact Sharon Kenning at 219.789.2222.